The BJP on Friday charged the Congress party with engaging in politics of lies and deceit even as it showered praise on Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his achievements and making India’s voice heard in global forums.

Addressing a press conference at the BJP headquarters in New Delhi, Union Minister Piyush Goyal sought to play down Congress’ claim that it had started the process of getting JeM chief Masood Azhar designated as a global terrorist by the UN Security Council.

Goyal acknowledged that Congress had started the process in 2009 but alleged that the weak leadership of the Congress party could not take it to its logical conclusion. He claimed that it was the success of Modi’s diplomatic endeavours that made the world listen to India’s concerns and that resulted in Masood Azhar being designated a global terrorist after 10 years.

The minister alleged that the Congress party had been telling lies on the issue of fighting poverty in the country. He said it started from 1971 when the Congress had promised to uproot poverty.

“Later, it hid behind the pretext that since only 25 paise in a rupee reached the people and the rest was allegedly siphoned off by middlemen, poverty could not be eradicated,” Goyal said.

He said that 2004 was no different.

The Union Minister said the Congress was yet to fulfil its promise of waiving farmers’ loans in Punjab and Karnataka, where only 20 per cent of loan had been waived so far.

He said according to a survey by a global organisation Prime Minister Modi enjoyed the support of 70 per cent of Indian population.

Earlier, Goyal prayed for quick recovery of Odisha and the people from the devastating impact of Cyclone Fani that hit the coastline on Friday morning before it headed towards West Bengal.

He said elaborate arrangements had been made by the Central Government to ensure protection to the people and their properties against the impact of the cyclone that was likely to reach the state early on Saturday.